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Joué Play | 4-in-1 Portable Digital Instrument, with Powerful and Easy-to-use Musical App Included - Plug & Play Music

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The app allows you to easily trigger and layer sounds but, of course, the instrument works with any MIDI-capable software. Usefully, the actions you perform on the effects are recorded as part of the clips in the Joué app as automation, which makes it easy to spice up your loops and make them more intriguing. What is even more annoying is pressing hard will completely blow out the other notes aftertouch data, so with each note, you have to press lighter and lighter to not blow out their output. The controller modules worked well, especially the bubbles, but without visual indication of state, the various octave and mode buttons felt less useful. Yes, there is interference along these dimensions, but there seems to be two colliding data streams rather than one “average”.

The app allows you to add multiple parts of different bar lengths and quantise or delete the recordings, though not edit in any greater depth than that. The guitar pad is interesting, especially for non-guitarists, giving you a whole new way to play guitar parts.MPE polyphonic glide works fine: A glissando option switches between the playing of glissandos (with all intermediate notes triggering) versus being able to glide a single note across multiple keys. The Joué application identifies the board and pad immediately, and shows installed packs and projects, including a selection of how-to examples, like Massive Attack’s Tear Drop or Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy.

With the expressivity of the Joué Play, it’s without a shadow of a doubt that you will find the right sound for your creation.If I remember correctly, it’s just “which overlay, what serial number, and which sensor was it detected on”. I chose python because I can use it natively in FL Studio as an instrument handler, making development a bit easier, otherwise I would love to do it in js.

I had a lot (if not all) of the modules but it was more like a gadget than a really useful instrument.

If the range was a little wider I might be able to know for sure, but I don’t have enough dexterity yet to be certain of my input. This is where Joué came alive for us, particularly when sending MPE to the Wavetable synth, which was a natural fit for the Play Keys pad. The playing surfaces are highly sensitive to touch and you can get a much greater dynamic response than you would expect from something with no moving parts. The Pro option turns the Joué Play into an expressive and modular MPE MIDI controller that reacts like a real instrument.

Most music and virtual instrument software can now take full advantage of MPE Joué Play Pro for seamless integration into your production environment.I didnt want to get stressed about it so rather than bang my head against a brick wall, I just put the device back in its box and mostly forgot all about it for several years. My main critique of Joué is that simply making the limits transparent to players like us would have gone a long way in fully utilizing our boards, regardless of firmware limitations. I think my first target is my idea for the “best” strategy, and apply some inertia function to help make up for the lost dynamic range. Practice by learning the basics or by replaying a selection of famous songs step by step through a series of video tutorials, also available as projects in the Joue Play App.

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